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The Modise Network | Government's Role in Addressing Gender-Based Violence | Part 2 | 07 September 2019
Deputy Minister of Justice John Jeffery laments the amendment of the Sexual Offenders Register to include all convicted rapists, and those men should hold each other accountable in the fight against femicide. Courtesy #DStv403

Let’s Talk Justice, Season 05, Episode 04: 22 Aug 2019 (Gender Based Violence)

Let’s Talk Justice, Season 05, Episode 03: 15 Aug 2019 (Sexual Offences Courts)

Let’s Talk Justice, Season 05, Episode 02: 08 Aug 2019 (Legal advice for Women)

Let’s Talk Justice, Season 04, Episode 15: 01 Nov 2018 (The Gender Summit)

Let’s Talk Justice, Season 04, Episode 13: 18 Oct 2018 (The role of the Commission of Gender Equality on Crimes of Gender-Based Violence)

Let’s Talk Justice, Season 04, Episode 12: 11 Oct 2018 (The role of the NPA on crimes of Gender-Based Violence)

Let’s Talk Justice, Season 04, Episode 11: 04 Oct 2018 (Gender-Based Violence)

The Final Verdict Series, 24 Sep 2011 (Episode 15 Accomplice to Rape)

The Final Verdict Series, 30 Jul 2011 (Episode 08 Ukuthwala)

The Final Verdict Series, 09 Jul 2011 (Episode 05 Child Abuse and Murder)

The Final Verdict Series, 18 Jun 2011 (Episode 02, Domestic Violence and Self Defence)

Gender-Based Violence and Femicide Summit Declaration

GBV Summit DeclarationIn his speech on the occasion of the National Women’s Day 2018, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that a National Summit on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and Femicide would be held between government and civil society to jointly determine a roadmap to end the scourge of gender-based violence and killings of women and girls in our country.

"AND THAT THEREFORE this Presidential Summit against Gender-based Violence and Femicide is the President’s response to this demand, and is henceforth considered as a historical turning point since it has provided an opportunity for government, civil society and social movements to work together constructively with a common goal of eradicating gender-based violence and femicide in South Africa.

WE AREDEEPLY
CONCERNED that-
(1) The extent of gender-based violence and femicide in South Africa has reached crisis proportions;
(2) The rate of femicide in South Africa is reported to be amongst the highest globally;
(3) Gender-based violence, without excluding other related crimes like hate crimes and femicide, is an affront to our shared humanity as South Africans, a violation of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa and an obstruction to sustainable human development;
(4) The realisation of a prosperous and vibrant democracy is deeply compromised by violence directed at women and gender non-conforming persons who constitute more than half the country’s population;
(5) Gender-based violence impacts profoundly on the lives and well-being of survivors, families, communities and the broader society, and it potentially reproduces itself across generations;
(6) Women and gender non-conforming persons are not homogenous groups and are subject to intersectional vulnerabilities exacerbating the inequalities, discrimination and oppression.

AND WHILE RECOGNISING that:
(1) The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa sets the overarching framework for effectively protecting human rights of all persons, including women and gender non-conforming persons;
(2) A range of laws, policies, programmes and interventions are in place across all sectors to address gender-based violence and femicide, and the needs of all who are affected.
(3) Notwithstanding all interventions, prevention remains the key element in turning the tide against gender-based violence and femicide, which in South Africa has not received the necessary investment in order to make a positive and meaningful impact;
(4) The implementation of the existing legal framework and its accompanying actions is not fully effective since survivors continue to experience high levels of secondary victimization and inadequate responses from the criminal justice system;
(5) The psycho-social and related needs of survivors are not adequately addressed, with civil society organizations often bearing the brunt of providing care and response services in order to close service gaps in the justice system;
(6) The existing inequitable and inconsistent resourcing approach to Thuthuzela Care Centres, sexual offences courts, shelters, Khuseleka One Stop Centres and other related facilities across South Africa, render these facilities inadequate in order to meet the needs of all sectors, particularly persons with disabilities and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA +) persons;
(7) Harmful gender-based stereotypes in media reporting of women’s objectification, men’s entitlement and normative gender roles contribute to fuelling the levels of gender-based violence and femicide;

(8) There is poor accountability across all sectors providing services to survivors of gender-based violence, particularly in the allocation and use of resources in order to address the breadth and depth of the crisis."

Follow this link to read the full Gender-based Violence and Femicide Declaration, Mar 2019